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  • 4 February 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 18340
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Wigan Athletic - Everton Preview: The Latics look to end run of nine games without a win at home

David Moyes will be hoping new signings Nikica Jelovic and Steven Pienaar can help his side carry-on from their 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the DW Stadium on Saturday


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al Habsi
Stam, Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa
McArthur, Watson, McCarthy
Moses, Beausejour
Rodallega

EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Hibbert, Heitinga, Baines
Gibson, Fellaini

Donavon, Cahill, Pienaar
Jelavic

With Franco Di Santo picking up a nasty cut on his leg courtesy of a challenge from Benoit Assou-Ekotto in Wigan's mid-week defeat to Tottenham, the striker has been ruled out with Hugo Rodallega likely to return to the fold. The Colombian was left out of the trip to White Hart Lane on deadline day presumably due to the furore surrounding his future.

Antolin Alcaraz could come back from his groin injury in time for the match, but Roberto Martinez is likely to break the defender into the side slowly, so a seat on the bench may be more realistic.

It is likely that new arrivals Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar could play a part in the clash, in order to get them some game time with their new side under the belt ahead of next week's difficult game against Chelsea.

David Moyes is still without the services of Phil Jagielka (knee ligament injury) and Sylvain Distin (hamstring) in defence, but he is likely to stick with the same formation which kept a clean sheet during the spirited 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Jack Rodwell (Hamstring), Leon Osman (Knee) and Seamus Coleman (Thigh) are also on the injury list narrowing down Moyes' already small squad.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan have not recorded a victory in their previous nine home games drawing three and losing six.
  • Everton have only won one of their previous five games on the road.
  • Victor Moses (right) of Wigan has made the most runs in the Premier League this season with 161.
  • If games were judged on first-half scores Everton would be 18th, with Wigan remaining bottom.
  • Yet if it was judged on second half scores the Toffees would be in contention for a European place in 5th.
  • This comes as a result of Moyes side scoring 74% of their goals in the final 45 minutes.
  • Wigan have conceded the joint most penalties in the league, 8, with Gary Caldwell committing the most for a single player, 4.
  • Al Habsi has made the fourth most saves out of any other goalkeeper in the league, with 78, stopping 63% of shots.
  • Wigan have committed more fouls than any other side giving away 292 free kicks.
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Players to watch

H. Rodallega

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Colombian striker was subject to interest from other Premier League clubs during the January transfer window, and after no move materialised he will need to put in a performance in order to show his allegiance to the club.

After some sizzling showings last season Rodallega has struggled to recreate that form in this campaign, having only managed two goals in his 17 appearances, and Roberto Martinez will hope he can re-capture his form in front of goal.

N. Jelavić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The new boy at Goodison Park will be an integral part of David Moyes' plans straight away, with Louis Saha's departure weakening an already sparse looking attack.

The Croatian made a name for himself in the SPL with Rangers but it has often proved difficult for some players to perform at the same level after making the step-up to the Premier League.

Editor's Prediction

Roberto Martinez has put his side's poor league position down to misfortune but there also seems to be a lack of quality and I think Everton, buoyed by the win over Manchester City, will be able to take advantage of this.

The Toffee's industrial midfield should make a difference in this game and give Nikica Jelavic some quality service, but I think it unlikely that the visitors will be able to bag a glut of goals, but a narrow win is more reasonable.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wigan Athletic

Everton

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
77%

Top 3 Predictions

Wigan Athletic FC WIG
0 - 2
Everton FC EVE
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
1 - 3
Everton FC EVE
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
1 - 2
Everton FC EVE

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